Barrack Obama Beats Lupita Nyong'o for Emmy Award in US

  • From left: Lupita Nyongo's aunt Esther, 44th US President Barrack Obama, actress Lupita Nyong'o and former First Lady Mitchell Obama at the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in May 2014.
    From left: Lupita Nyongo's aunt Esther, 44th US President Barrack Obama, actress Lupita Nyong'o and former First Lady Mitchell Obama at the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in May 2014.
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  • After a successful run as the leader of the free world for eight years, US 44th President Barrack Obama is also cementing his place as the king of the small screen.

    Obama was on the night of Saturday, September 3, crowned the winner at the Emmy Awards ceremony beating other Hollywood titans among them Black Panther star Lupita Nyong'o.

    He was awarded the Emmy for his narration of the five-part documentary titled 'Our Great National Parks' available for streaming on the Netflix.

    The show was produced by his film-production company named 'Higher Ground' he co-founded with his wife Michelle Obama.

    The 44th US President Barrack Obama and his Wife Michelle Obama.
    The 44th US President Barrack Obama and his Wife Michelle Obama.
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    Barrack was nominated in the outstanding narrator category alongside Lupita Nyong'o for her work in (Serengeti II) as well as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Black Patriots: Heroes of the Civil War), David Attenborough (The Mating Game) and W. Kamau Bell (We Need to Talk About Cosby).

    The win marks Obama's first Emmy nod and his second nomination since he joined Hollywood.

    The documentary, 'Our Great National Parks', chronicles the wildlife and landscapes in natural areas around the world.

    Among those mentioned is Kenya's Tsavo National Park which is described as the theatre of the wild by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). With his baritone voice, Obama serves as the show's host and narrator of the docuseries.

    Other parks featured include Monterey Bay, California, the rainforests of Gunung Leuser National Park in Indonesia and the Chilean Patagonia among others.

    Emmy Awards is a coveted ceremony in the US celebrating the excellency in television production and has been in existence for 73 years.

    The award ceremony is run by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

    Other big creative arts awards in the US are the Grammys (honouring productions in music), Tonys (for the stage performances) and Oscars (for the movie category).

    Below is a trailer to the documentary: